Monday, December 18 – Matthew 1:6
Jesse fathered David the king. David fathered Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah.
At any doctor’s appointment, you typically have to fill out paperwork about your family history. This information is pertinent because we understand that some conditions are genetic and get passed on from generation to generation. Jesus has a lot of information in His family history. He was from the line of David, the godly king, but also David, the adulterer. These side-by-side descriptions in Jesus’s genealogy remind us how each person in that genealogy needed the Messiah. Even David, who was called a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14), had been tainted by sin and needed redemption.
Our family history tells us a lot about where our struggles might be, but in Christ, we are redeemed. A person that started out as broken, sinful, and tainted by sin is used by God for His purposes. Whatever family history we struggle through or family drama that seems to haunt us, we can surrender it to the Lord, believing in His restoration power in all things. Our sin will always have consequences, but we don’t have to let the hard parts of our history define us. Rather, we can ask for His grace and mercy to meet us in those hard places. After his sin with Bathsheba was revealed, David prayed in Psalm 51:14-15, “Save me from the guilt of
bloodshed, God, the God of my salvation; Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness. Lord, open my lips, so that my mouth may declare Your praise.” David’s heart of brokenness and dependence on God was seen and this prayer of repentance was heard and received in God’s grace. The same can be true for us.
- What is your family history? What struggles do you share with your parents or grandparents?
- How have you seen God’s redemption in your family?
- Pray and ask God to redeem those areas of your family that have been broken.